H-Bombs and Hula Girls (häftad)
Format
Häftad (Paperback / softback)
Språk
Engelska
Antal sidor
320
Utgivningsdatum
2017-04-01
Förlag
Uniform Press
Illustratör/Fotograf
diagrams and charts Over 100 black & white photos
Illustrationer
100 Illustrations, unspecified
Dimensioner
241 x 196 x 25 mm
Vikt
1247 g
Antal komponenter
1
ISBN
9781910500682
H-Bombs and Hula Girls (häftad)

H-Bombs and Hula Girls

Operation Grapple 1957 and the last Royal Navy Gunroom at sea

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Published to coincide with the 60th anniversay of Britain's first successful thermonuclear bomb testing in the Pacific, H-Bombs and Hula Girls tells the tale of ten young men brought together through National Service in the Royal Navy and taking part in Britain's top secret tests near Christmas Island. They experience at extremely close quarters what the world is told were three megaton H-bomb explosions, going on to show their country's flag in Hawaii, then around the South Pacific, and finally round all of South America. Theirs is the only British warship ever to sail directly from Port Stanley to Puerto Belgrano, mooring next to the Argentine flagship General Belgrano. H-Bombs & Hula Girls evokes the Cold War atmosphere of Britain in the 1950s and the race to secure the nation's place among the thermonuclear powers, but also paints the picture of a heterogeneous group of young men enjoying life-shaping experiences together: learning to be sailors, exploring island paradises, participating in three vast explosions, being their nation's goodwill ambassadors as they encounter completely different cultures, and here and there experiencing life-threatening moments and even having their hearts broken. This fascinating memoir of the last Royal Navy Gunroom at sea, crafted from journals, letters, and contemporary records, plus the wonders of hindsight, culminates in the surprising realisation that Operation Grapple may not have been quite what it seemed.
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Michael Johnston was the oldest of the group of ten Midshipmen and went on to become a Sub-Lieutenant. Uniquely written and compiled by those who were there and through shared experiences.